That makes it a ideal occasion for residents to get out and enjoy themselves on the three-day weekend that, for many, marks the official beginning of summer. At 12 years old, his father decided this would be the year to show him and his siblings why dad gets a three day holiday from his job at Mayport Naval Station. The founder of Decoration Day was Gen. John A. Logan, commander of the Union veterans group known as the Grand Army of the Republic, who in 1868 issued a decree calling for May 30 to be a nationwide day of commemoration for the more than 620,000 soldiers killed in the Civil War.
Quad-Citians, your patriotism and service astounds me every day, and I am honored and grateful to be part of this community.
From the American Revolution to the war in Afghanistan, we should pause and remember, even it's something as silently saying thank you for your service. By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.
Allison Jaslow heard it a couple of times as the long holiday weekend approached - a cheerful "Happy Memorial Day!" from oblivious well-wishers. Their chartered buses arrive at the World War II Monument, and from there the veterans visit the Vietnam Memorial and the Korean War Memorial.
More events are scheduled for today.
They fought and died for our nation. In an interview, he said veterans are well trained, mature, served under hard conditions and are reliable.
Here's hoping for a safe and happy holiday for everyone enjoying the extra leisure time. The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May.
The first Memorial Day was observed a few years after the United States Civil War. It's about assistance. It's about aiding nations and people who need someone to stand up for them.
That freedom came at a steep price, and today, Memorial Day, is a time to consider that price, paid in the lives of generations of people who have died to preserve the American ideal. The local father hopes to teach his young son the important difference this year at the National Cemetery. In Britain and France, Veterans Day is called Armistice Day, while Memorial Day is called Monday (well, "lundi" in France). But though the number of casualties in the country's most recent wars pales in comparison to major conflicts of generations past, it has been a sustained burden borne by soldiers and their families. But when you ask them about their experiences, many will talk about the comrades who did not make it home. "How do we honor the 1.8 million that gave their life for America since 1775?"
As a veteran myself, my hope is that we never lose sight of the true meaning of Memorial Day, and always remember that freedom isn't necessarily free.